Android 8.0 Oreo is the official name of the eighth major version of Google's mobile operating system.The OS will soon be headed to several smartphones currently running on Android Nougat, and who knows, maybe some will even jump straight to Android 8.0 Oreo from Android Marshmallow. But for now, the number of devices running Android 8.0 is minuscule, as only Google-backed devices are presently the only ones that have received the update. But worry not, several phones had been confirmed to be receiving the new software version when they were launched, long before Oreo was announced as the official name. There are a few brands that are known for sticking to a rigorous software schedule, even if they remain tightlipped about the Android 8.0 rollout plans for now. And some companies announced their plans soon after Oreo became official. So, if you are wondering if your smartphone will be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, check the list below.
Android O updates for Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, along with the Pixel C tablet from 2015 are available now. The latest version of Google’s mobile software will be rolled out as OTA update in a phased manner. Same is the case for the supported Nexus devices, namely Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player. If waiting for OTA is not your style, you can download the Android 8.0 Oreo image files, though you will lose all the data in the process.
The new Lenovo K8 Note is also scheduled to get the Android Oreo update, along with other K-series smartphones launched in 2017. However, there is no timeline for the K8 Note Android 8.0 rollout yet, as these will depend on chip manufacturer support, internal development and testing requirements, according to Anuj Sharma, Head of Product Marketing – Smartphones, Lenovo India.
When launching the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro, Asus announced it will release Android Oreo update for the smartphones in this year’s ZenFone 4 series as well as last year’s ZenFone 3 series. However, fans might have to wait to rather long for the update as the supported devices will get Android 8.0 by the second half of 2018.
At the launch of the new Micromax Canvas Infinity with 5.7-inch 18:9 FullVision display, the company announced it will provide the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the handset, but again, there is no timeline for it yet.
HTC has also joined the list of brands promising the Android 8.0 update for its smartphones, with the flagship HTC U11, along with HTC 10 and U Ultra first in line to get a taste of Oreo. Details of the rollout plans will “announced soon” by the Taiwanese brand, which will also release names of more devices getting the update.
Moto and Nokia are the two companies right now that offer the pure Android experience and promise swift updates to the latest version of the mobile OS. While all four Nokia Android phones will be getting Android 8.0, we can expect Moto’s 2017 range of smartphones to receive it as well. As for Moto phones from 2016, the likes of Moto G4 series to get the update as it still falls under the 18-month timeframe.
The new OnePlus flagship, OnePlus 5 is confirmed to get Android Oreo, as are last year’s OnePlus 3 and 3T. However, it will be the last update for the 2016 OnePlus phones, as they will not be updated to Android P when it launches in 2019, the company has said.
The Essential Phone, unveiled in June by the ‘Father of Android’ Andy Rubin, will get software support for three years – that’s two years of Android OS updates and three years of monthly security updates. So it goes without saying Android 8.0 Oreo for Essential Phone is a definite go, along with the next major version.
While launching its flagship Cool Play 6 smartphone, Chinese brand Coolpad announced that the phone will be getting Android Oreo update by the end of the year. The smartphone will go on sale in India on September 4 via Amazon India, and run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
The list doesn’t include some of the major brands – Samsung chief among them – but we expect more brands to come forward with their Android 8.0 Oreo update schedules in the coming weeks. Google in its blog announcing the new flavour of Android mentioned “Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.” We will update this list as and when these or other brands announce their release plans.